Dan Kennedy saved a Dwayne De Rosario penalty in injury time as Chivas USA held on for a road draw.
"My general thoughts on the match are that we played like boys," United coach Ben Olsen said. "And not just the second half, I thought the first half we played soft, naive. There's a mentality to this game that right now some of our guys don’t have. We have talent – flashes – but it's still not good enough."
D.C., which had beaten the Goats 3-0 just 11 days earlier, rushed to a two-goal lead. Both came from set pieces. In the first half, Dwayne De Rosario made a near-post run to head Andy Najar's free kick home. The goal put the Canadian international into double digits for the season.
Early in the second, DeRo connected with a Santino Quaranta corner. Dan Kennedy stuck a glove to the effort, and Ethan White knocked in the rebound for his first career MLS goal.
"It's a little bit disappointing when you give up two set piece goals," Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser said. "We've given up a few set piece [goals] over the last few weeks when that's something we were really quite good at for a while. So it's disappointing when really I felt like we did a good job of limiting [D.C. United's] chances during the first half."
Angel saved Chivas USA with two goals from crosses. His first was a trademark snapped header from a Nick LaBrocca cross. The second was scrappier, but he eventually managed to prod home Ante Jazic's service.
De Rosario spurned a penalty in injury time, with Kennedy leaping low to save the stinging effort, meaning the Goats shared a point with D.C.
"At this point, certainly there's a host of teams that are kind of at the bottom and looking up into the playoff race and every point you get is critical," Fraser said. "Obviously we'd like to have gotten three, but a point is better than no points at all."